Thursday, April 25, 2013

Zippers. Mermaids, Gifts & PDF pattern giveaway winner

Hi everyone,

I've overdosed on making zippered pouches this past month. The craft club I'm a member of does a fundraiser each year in May.
We are raising money for a childrens orphanage here in Spain. We only make small things as they seem to sell better.
I decided on a production run of zippered pouches.
First up is one I made in Tilda fabrics from this tutorial

Back view using pretty Tilda birdcage fabric which was also used for the lining

I made one large and two small in this pink print by Lynette Anderson. Tutorial here

They have a cute little cat charm attached to the zipper pull

and this blue project pouch again in Lynette Anderson fabric

The next one was made using the tutorial from the Pink Penguin blog. I used a few orphan charm squares

One in Eiffel Tower fabric

and this one with bow detail

A boxy pouch from a tutorial on this blog

and finally this one which is from a Norwegian pattern. I became very good friends with Google Translate during the process of making this pouch! I used pale blue linen from Ikea and the print fabric is by Bunny Hill.

With the sewing machine going non stop I haven't had much time for stitching so only one small finish to show this time.
This is from The Sampler Girl and I had fun stitching this along with friend Angela.

I received some lovely mermaid-y gifts from friend Pat. The new Kelmscott needle minder, scissors and scissor fob.
They are SO beautiful and I'm just over the moon to have them. Thank you Pat :)

I must have been very, very good because I also received this beautiful mermaid bookmark from Roberta. Roberta says she made this from a kit. Isn't it gorgeous?

also in the package this bag pattern. I've actually made the full size version of this bag many times but this is a mini version. How fun is that? I'll be making a few of these for sure.

and yet another surprise in the mail from friend Caz

I'm looking forward to making something with these pretty fabric FQ's.

One last make to show you is this wall hanging I have made for my grand daughter Amy.

The border fabric has glittery stars which don't show up that well in the picture but I chose this fabric because Amy IS a star and is making us all very proud. The dress on the skater is decorated with Swarovski crystals. Again, not showing up well in the picture but they have plenty of sparkle when seen for real.
I quilted the borders using big stitches and #12 perle cotton. I think my pictures are clickable if you want a better view of anything.

Grandson Robbie is following in his big sisters footsteps and is starting to win the cups and medals. All outfits made by my clever daughter.

I think that's it for this time but I know that you are waiting to find out who is the winner of the Little Purse PDF pattern offered by Stephanie of Loft Creations.

I used the Random Generator thing and the winner is #10 Phyllis (no blog)
Congratulations Phyllis. Stephanie will be in touch with you re your PDF pattern.

I'm off to UK on 3rd May. It's raining here but I think they have some sunshine there at long last.
Thanks as always for your continued visits to my blog and for your lovely comments.
Happy weekend to all!



Abby and Stephanie said...

Your zippy pouches are so pretty and I bookmarked a few of the tutorials! Love the mermaids but the bookmark is fabulous. How to fun craft something to reflect something your grandchildren love. You'll become a quilter yet!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

I love all your bags and I'd buy the Eiffel Tower one, for sure! I love the fabric!!!
Your finish is very sweet as are all the wonderful goodies you received. Your grad kids are darling and their costumes are wonderful!
Enjoy your trip to the UK!

angelasweby said...

Wow Margaret,
What a fun post. I adore your zippered pouches. Who would have thought there were so many different types and, of course, the fabrics make them all look sensational but, the one thing they all have in common is that they are beautifully made with such care and skill. I'm sure they don't last a minute on your table at the fund raiser - and what a lovely cause you are selling them for.

Absolutely gorgeous wall hanging for Amy. She is so talented and now Robbie is beginning to blossom too. No wonder you are so proud of them both.

What lovely gifts you have received. Your mermaid collection is growing. I really enjoyed stitching the mermaid design with you. So glad we both finished that one :-)


Dear Margaret, I must of miss your birthday with so many lovely pressie you have received... Happy belated Birthday.. I LOVE ALL the SEA Theme allot... Very Lovely indeed.. You are such a very talented lady making all those most lovely pouches.. Your grand daughter and grandson looks they are off to a wonderful skating careers.. Have a lovely trip to the UK... Will you be By The Sea?? Hugs Judy

Caz said...

Lovely pouches,,,hope they sell okay. Well done on finishing Amys hanging.

Sheila said...

Absolutely love all the mermaidy things of course...and all your different zippered pouches.
The wall hanging for Amy looks spectacular - she will be thrilled with it :)
And now I think I shall also need to do that cross stitch mermaid!

Vickie said...

Margaret, you are so talented. Such pretty pouches, what a wonderful thing to do.
Your grandchildren are talented and beautiful.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Your pouches are gorgeous Margaret,I love the fabric with cats!
Beautiful mermaid bookmark. :)
Your granddaughter will love her wall hanging, her skating outfits are amazing!!
Enjoy your trip to the UK.
V xxx
P.S. Congrats to the winner

Giovanna said...

The bags are so lovely, well done. What great mermaid goodies too. And the wall hanging is gorgeous.

BearShe Cottage said...

All of those items are beautiful. I am just learning to sew. You are so talented.

Mary said...

Hi Margaret
what a newsy post! I love all your zippered pouches - hard to pick a favourite. Your skating quilt is fabulous and I am sure your granddaughter will love it to bits. Great photos of the children too, especially the action shot. Enjoy England - hope they turn on some good weather for you.

marly said...

Thanks for the tutorial links. Your bags are so well done with lovely fabrics. Benefitting the children makes them more special. Looks like sewing is a family talent - fabulous costumes.

cucki said...

Aww I love all the bags so much ..they so cute
Lovely stitching..
Big hugs x

Ellen said...

Wow,so many gorgeous pouches! Love them especially the Eiffel Tower one!

Beautiful mermaid wip! Love that wall hanging for Amy, I am sure she will love it too!


Margaret said...

I love all your sewing finishes! Love the mermaid finish too. And the mermaid lovelies you received. :D You must be very proud of your grandkids -- such great accomplishments!

Phyllis said...

I am so happy to win the Little Purse pattern! Just made my day.
Many thanks! Phyllis
BTW Pretty pouches and cute grandkids!

Karen said...

All of the pouches are beautiful and so professionally made! Your work is perfection! I love the quilted wall hanging, too, and your grandchildren are adorable!

Tatkis said...

OMG, so many adorable pouches and cosmetic bags! Great work!
Lovely mermaid items ;) and congrats on your grandson's win!


Barb said...

Great little bags. Your Grandchildren are very cute! I wish them lots of luck in their skating!

Lesleyanne said...

Your zippered pouches are gorgeous. Lovely gifts received. A great stitching finish. Great pictures of your grandchildren, they look very talented. Enjoy your trip to the UK.

Mii Stitch said...

What a lovely lovely post!!! I love all the pouches & might use one of the tutorial to give it a go :) I already have bought a zip recently :D Love all the little goodies especially the needle minder! Your grandchildren are so cute & look brilliant at ice skating (a thing I always wanted to do when I was younger but lived to far away from an ice rink at the time :( ) Congrats to them for all their lovely medals (and great costumes too!) Have a lovely time in UK. I hope the sunshine makes an appearance for you. Today the sun is out but it is quite windy and a bit chilly still x

Grit said...

Wonderful work. All of them.


Lili said...

How pretty zippered pouches.
Love your mermaid ;)
Beutiful works!!

Hugs x

Michelle said...

Oh my my my Margaret - what lovely sewing you are so talented. Thank you for sharing the photos of your lovely grandchildren x

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

All your zipper pouches are wonderful and the stitching lovely. What a wonderful gift for your granddaughter. I'll bet she loves it. Thanks for sharing the lovely picture of your grandchildren. They are so cute.

Andrea said...

Beautiful pouches. I'm sure they will sell well, they have so many uses. Lovely gifts you have received too. You have 2 very talented grandchildren.

Cindy said...

Such pretty pouches! And so nice that they are going to a good cause. Very sweet grandchildren:)

Kay said...

Gorgeous pouches, my favourites are the Tilda pouch and the Eiffel tower one. Have a lovely break.

Pat said...

Your little zip bags are lovely, Margaret. It would be very difficult to pick a favorite. I am sure that Amy will love her wall hanging. Your grandchildren are getting so big. Your daughter is very talented too. Those costumes are beautiful. Have a great weekend.

Yvonne W said...

I love the zippered pouches-- I have not mastered zipper insertion!
Your skater wall hanging is gorgeous-- I am sure your grandaughter will just love it. Have a lovely trip to the UK.

hazel c UK said...

Another lovely long post Margaret. Your pouches are beautiful and I am sure they will fetch lots of pennies for your worthwhile cause.

Love the project you stitched along with Angela also how nice of Roberta to add to your collection of mermaids.

Such a lovely wall hanging for Amy which she will treasure forever.

Thank you for sharing the nice photo of Robbie and Amy and can well imagine how you are looking forward to seeing them again and do hope you will be able to see them skate.

Enjoy your stay here margaret and please bring some sunshine with you.

Hugs and stitches

Jan Gartlan said...

Wow what lovely pouches. Your mermaid treats are so cute. How proud you must be of your little stars!

Carol said...

Oh, such beauties you've shared with us in this post, Margaret--I just love all of your pretty bags so much. The fabrics you've chosen are wonderful!! Love all the mermaid things, too--such a pretty gift from Roberta.

I'm sure you just love watching your grandchildren on the ice! Would you believe I have never ice-skated in my life!! It looks so difficult to me and yet ice skaters make it look easy... I wish them much success--they do look prepared to win in those amazing outfits sewn by your daughter. Obviously sewing talent runs in the family :)

Deborah Schander said...

Your pouches are so fun! I think the Eiffel Tower fabric is my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Love the zippered pouches. I've been experimenting with zips lately. Thanks for the links to tutorials too.

Karoline said...

Your bags are very pretty and your sampler girl finish is lovely.

Gorgeous wall hanging for your granddaughter. Congratulations to them on their achievements

Enjoy your time in the UK

Anne said...


Just found your blog.
The pouches are fab!
Beautiful stitching too and lovely presents.
Happy weekend.

Kaisievic said...

Great post, Margaret - I loved seeing all of your pouches. Your gifts are so lovely and obviously the givers knew you well!
Congrats to the winner of the epattern and congrats to your talented grandchildren, too.

Lynn B said...

Hi Margaret,

I love your pouches, they are so pretty. Thanks for the links to the tutorials, just another thing on my "to do" list!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, those pouches are terrific. And thanks again for the tutorial links. I'll be using them soon.

Anne said...

I adore all of your little pouches you made Margaret!! Thank you for the tutorial links! I think I'll try the second one!! You must be so proud of your grandchildren. They are so sweet!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your grandkids are so talented! What a wonderful accomplishment! I love your pretty zipper bags and the mermaid goodies. These are some of my favorite things! Sweet hugs!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow all of those different zippered pouches are just fantastic! I hope your group does well with their fundraiser.

Your Sampler Girl piece looks lovely.